Friday, December 30, 2016

Rank Yourself

Part Four of Seth Godin's Freelance Course Questions

1. Compared to others who do what you do, rank yourself on: reputation, knowledge, expertise,
tools, handiness.

Reputation: This varies depending on the field. In music, my reputation is high. Illustration and design would rank second. Writing would come third, where I am now starting to build my reputation in a field where it is very difficult to have one, no matter one's talent.

Knowledge: My knowledge is considerable in all those fields.

Expertise: My expertise is high in all my chosen fields. Again, highest in music, then visual art, then writing.

Tools: I have all the tools needed for the work I do.

Handiness: I would rate high in my ability to deliver the promised work.

2. Which will you invest in developing?

I will invest currently in developing the soundtrack field of music composition and production for games audiobooks and films, illustration in the gaming and publishing field, fiction writing, and in Dream Tower Media which brings all of these talents together.

List Of 10 Things You Deliver to Your Client

Part Three of Seth Godin's Freelance Course Questions

(Things that aren’t the thing. Things like timeliness, confidence, respect, a story, etc.)

1. A unique, intuitive, and holistic approach to creative work

2. An absolute commitment to excellence and the confidence to deliver what is promised

3. An upbeat, joyful, friendly attitude reflecting my love for people and the work I do.

4. Respect, interest and compassion toward those for whom I am creating or collaborating

5. Creating for my audience and clients with the same concern with which I would create for myself

6. Decades of experience as a curious empathetic person and decades of expertise in my field

7. Respect for the knowledge, experience and expertise of audiences, clients, and collaborators

8. A talent for creating unique and inventive solutions

9. A passion and excitement for whatever I am creating

10. Patience and perseverance in the face of difficulty

What Do You Provide?

Part Two of Seth Godin's Freelance Course Questions

1. What do people buy when they buy something from you?

A commitment to excellence and to the person or people for whom I am creating, and my unique unmistakable quality as a person and an artist.

2. Leave out the easy, repetitive, generic stuff... What you are doing that’s difficult?

Creating with an intuitive approach that yields more original, authentic work, and combining multiple talents to create an environment where people can experience themselves (their perceptions and emotions) and the world in a different way.

Who Are You?

I'm doing this online course about being a freelancer (which I am in case any of you haven't noticed by now) by Seth Godin, and I'm supposed to post these questions and answers publicly. This refers to me as author Robert Zoltan, illustrator Zoltan, composer Robert Szeles, singer songwriter producer for Kiss the Girl, and owner of my company Dream Tower Media, through which I am trying to bring all of my talents (and talents of others) together.

1. What do you want to do? (Not your job, but your work, now, tomorrow, and in the future)

I want to create beauty and truth through various media (music, art, literature, and a combination thereof), opening a window onto transcendence.

2. Who do you want to change, and how do you want to change them?

I want to give people a greater appreciation for meaningful art, and a deeper experience and enjoyment for those who already appreciate the arts, moving all people to a greater love and joy for the wonder and mystery of life.

3. How much risk? (from 1 [a little] to 10 [bet everything]), how much are you willing to put at stake to make the change you seek?

From 1 to 10, I am willing to risk between 8-10 (depending on the day) to make the changes I seek.

4. How much work are you willing to do to get there?

I am willing to do whatever work is required to achieve this goal without sacrificing my long term mental or physical health.

5. Does this project matter enough for the risk and the effort you’re putting into it?

Yes, this project does matter enough.

6. Is it possible — has anyone with your resources ever pulled off anything like this?

Yes, other people have succeeded to various degrees, whether on a large scale (someone like George Lucas, Disney or Edgar Rice Burroughs) or a smaller scale (successful independent publishers).